…Authors, as much as possible, check the facts…

…it will come as no surprise to some of yeez to learn that as a wee boy at school in Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, Master Gallacher was a bit of a ‘smart-ass’…a trait that has doubtless recognisably carried forward into my more advanced years…  always first to raise my hand to try to answer the teacher’s questions… always striving to be first finished with the classroom-bound written exams so I could, “…go ootside and play, noo, please Miss?”… comes now ‘The Writer Age’ the Scribbler-at-Large...  pensmith of novels… blithely transferring the contents of what’s left of my wee grey cells onto the laptop, hopefully for international reader consumption, and possible approbation… thus far, yer Lordships and Ladyships of the e-Reading Universe have wrought unbounded kindness and generosity on my WURKS, by downloading my baby masterpieces on a regular  basis… Kindlers Listers, all, yeez have my grateful thanks… with broad readership also comes a responsibility… to get yer facts correct, even in a piece of fiction... recently, being merely an older version now of that aforementioned ‘smart-ass’ schoolkid, I’ve read more than a coupla books where I’ve picked up on errors of fact… even fictional writing sometimes contains reference s to ‘real’ things, places, and  events… any mistakes in these WILL be spotted by SUMB’DY… and there goes yer credibility with that particular reader… fr’example, the cover of my second Jack Calder novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, depicts a Gurkha kukri knife… I found a picture of a real kukri to use… in the fourth novel, KILLER CITY, I needed to know exactly about timetables for flights in and out of Manchester airport in the north of England… I wrote to the airport authorities in Manchester to enquire about those, and they kindly sent me three pages of detail, of which I was able to correctly use ten WURDS of that for my narrative’s purpose… but the point is, THEY WERE TEN CORRECT WURDS... another time, my dear Author pal, Eric J. Gates, pointed out to me that the colour of Semtex is orange-red, not grey, as I had mistakenly assumed… I corrected that in the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY

 

…Authors, as much as possible, check the facts… yer readers will LUV yeez for it…

THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

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VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

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SAVAGE PAYBACK

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KILLER CITY

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DEADLY IMPASSE

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…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…and in other news… bestselling Author, Master Gallacher, turns commercial (shock! horror!)…

…far be it from this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler to blow his own bagpipe, but in seems a groundswell has taken place whereby enuff other writing folks deem my supposed prowess in the craft sufficient for them to entrust their own wee literary baby masterpieces to my eye for, either/or/or both, proofreading and copy editing… I posted the undernoted to my Facebook page a few days ago, and am gratified to have received enquiries from other quillspersons already… (if yeez don’t let them know where yeez are, how else are they gonna find yeez, Mabel?)… as they say in all the classic notices like this… ‘quotes available by return’

To my Author/Wannabe Author Friends:

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been honoured by approaches from fellow writers and bloggers (established and beginners) to bring my professional writing skills to bear on THEIR work. It has developed into a commercial activity for me, and I am pleased with that. I have been persuaded to ‘go public’ and ‘go live’ with the fact that part of my business is now officially that of a commercial proofreader and copy editor. To clarify what precisely each term means, quite simply:

PROOFREADING

Proofreading deals with the final version of a manuscript before it is published, Unlike copy editing, it is not expected to make any revisions to the content or style. It is a check for any typos or missing punctuation marks, and to remove any repeated words or paragraphs, and with an eye to consistency.

COPY EDITING

Copy Editing is done in order to prepare a manuscript for an editor to apply his/her editing skills.
The copy editor’s job is to bring the first draft of an article or manuscript to a proper standard by making and suggesting edits to cut down on wordiness, fix awkward phrasing and eliminate repetition.

I will be happy to quote for either of, or a combination of, these for your manuscripts.

Please contact me by  my email seumasgallacher@yahoo.com or by Direct Message on Facebook.

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…ghostwriters in the sky… getting more than one life through autobiographies…

…this past twelve months has seen this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler delve into a hitherto unknown authorly region… by sheer happenstance, I was invited to consider a ghostwriting commission for the life story of a gentleman in Bahrain… a man whom I’ve much respected for many years… apart from the obvious commercial aspect to accepting the project, I was unaware of some of the other uplifting benefits that would result… it’s difficult to explain how humbling it is when another human being feels comfortable enuff with a writer to share many of his or her innermost thoughts…

…as with each of our own lives, there are many instances where fear and joy, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs, flow and intermingle ad hoc… being permitted to use my own professed scribbling skills to weave these threads into a recognizable tapestry of someone else’s existence is an amazing journey… amazing for each of us… for the subject, and for myself… such a project usually entails several meetings (in some cases as many as a couple of dozen), over whatever time in takes to capture honestly the nuances and main events in ‘a life’… there are times when tears prevail, at memories of sensitive episodes, or recollection of times of grievance… of unbounded successes and the darkness of despair…

…and I’ve come to understand that, with few exceptions, we are all prob’ly susceptible to an equally powerful range of emotional life swings… as I said above, truly humbling… I’ve now completed three such assignments, each markedly different in content and context, but paradoxically, also containing many similarities… in undertaking (slowly) an attempt to record my own personal ‘memoirs’, such as they are, I’m learning to have much less trepidation in approaching some of the areas which, subconsciously, I was kinda fearful of addressing… we never stop learning… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…a wee post about Majlis visits in the Middle East…

…first up, for my non-Arabic friends, an explanation  of the WURD, ‘Majlis’ will be helpful… literally it means, ‘the place of sitting’… in Arabic society, the higher essence is of a council, where authority can listen to the views and opinions of those in their respective communities and constituencies… in the more general sense, and more widely applied, is simply the getting together of friends and family in a certain place to talk about anything and everything, pay respects to the holder of the Majlis, and spending time in the company of your fellows… during the Holy Month of Ramadan, there is much heightened activity on Majlis visiting, with people ‘doing the rounds’ of these… sometimes sitting for as little as ten or fifteen minutes, up to longer visits, depending on the amount of visitor traffic flowing into and out of the Majlis

…this month, I have been privileged for the second year of my four in Bahrain to accompany my great friends Salah Al Tattan and his son, Nasser Al Tattan, on a program of evening visits, with as many as six or seven different Majlis meetings per night for the first two weeks of Ramadan… the visits begin after evening prayers , around 9.pm and go on until 1.am and later… these are attended by all and sundry, the great and powerful, and the rest of us…

…at every Majlis, we are welcomed with the same warmth and generosity of spirit so endemic to the Bahrainis… the format is one of honour and respect…  greetings first to the owner of the Majlis, usually the head of the family being visited, then handshakes with everybody in the room or hall where the Majlis is being held… we sit and talk with whomever is at our left or right…

…I have never been so struck with such open, widespread, genuine friendliness in any community, even, and particularly, it must be said, in my own home country… Majlis sittings are held by Sheiks in the Royal family, by leaders of the ‘noble’ families, by influential titans of business, by prominent members of neighborhood gatherings… and they are all terrific!… Ramadan Kareem!

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…Authors… Giveaways, Freebies and Promos are all a matter of balance…

…as a writer, I’m often asked, ‘why give yer stuff away for free?’… this ol’ Jurassic Scots scribbler can be as charitable as the next man… but, with a nod to my Caledonian heritage, and to quote a famous writer of the past, “…his generosity knows bounds!…” …delving into the wunnerful WURLD of self-publishing ten years ago, heralded an entire raft of nuances and ‘tricks of the trade’ on Auntie Amazon’s Kindle… all in the quest of finding the sweet spot for broadening my readership, and seeing the sales and downloads graphs head skyward… experimentation was the order of the day, mixing and matching the various methods of tempting subscribers… Free Promo spells… auction bids… then Goodreads Giveaways, throwing as many as five or ten copies of books at a time at lucky draw winners… Facebook readers’ groups, much more satisfying, because at least the author gets to know the participants better, and usually secures longer term virtual relationships with those who win, and even those who don’t… comes now the question of where to draw the line?… how much to let go for NUTHIN?… remember, these titles are the result of months and sum’times years, of blood, sweat and tears in producing yer wee baby literary masterpieces… experience is a great teacher… it should have come as no surprise, (but did), that as the first title spawned another, and yet another and more, and more, it became apparent that one of the major benefits of having a backlist is that a single title can be offered free for a limited spell, while the balance of titles are still ‘paid’ items… the technique is simple… rotation of the titles, one at time, at decent intervals, is the optimum way of continuing to generate interest… I’m finishing one such offer at the moment, and have seen paid sales of the other tomes pick up at the same time, as well as increased usage of the Kindle Unlimited mechanism, which pays authors for every page that’s read… I hope that’s of some interest and help to my fellow quillpersons… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…the gift of sight… all too often among things I take for granted…

…as a wee lad of barely 4 years of age, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler was already an avid reader… the local public library in Elder Park in Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, where I grew up, was an oasis in an area deprived of many things… the junior section encouraged kids like me, and my cardboard library ticket was covered in the smudgy, inked, date stamp marks in no time at all… one unwelcome side effect of this onslaught on the book world was the need for the miniature Master Gallacher to wear eyeglasses, even before school age…

…bespectacled I became for the ensuing 30 years or so, when the advent of contact lenses allowed me, partly from vanity, partly from ease of wearing, to acquire a pair, although it must be confessed, there were times when recalcitrant, prodigal lenses adorned the living room carpet and the depths of armchair folds of my home rather than my eyeballs, such was my clumsiness in handling them…

…a further 15 years elapsed and the eyes were treated to the next wave of optical miracle… laser treatment... happily, this sustained my vision for another 20 years, until a recent calamity befell… from whatever source, I know not whence, the left, upper side of my face was blitzkrieg-attacked 4 months ago by a severe bout of shingles… for a while, the resemblance to the Phantom of the Opera was remarkable, but the novelty stopped there… it was more than a tad painful affliction, and it left a nasty legacy of infections in the cornea and surrounding eye area… the infections have since been taken away, but a mistiness remains in the eye, necessitating the procurement of a pair of glasses... this time, the ‘progressive, multi-focal’ sort…

…I’d never heard of these before now, and I’m wearing them for the first time this evening typing this blog… and what a relief from the awkward visual discomfort of the last several weeks… I can actually see again… more than six decades to close the circle from the first pair to the current pair of glasses… and for the present, it’s not difficult to fathom what I’m most grateful for?… the gift of sight… all too often among things I take for granted… see yeez later (literally!)… LUV YEEZ!

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…a HUGE thanks to you wunnerful listeners who’ve downloaded my Audio Book…

…one of my favorite poems is Walter De La Mere’s ‘THE LISTENERS‘, published just over a hundred years ago in 1912… fast forward to the present day, and still among my favourites  is a new breed of ‘Listeners’… the good folks who’ve honoured me by downloading my maiden foray into Audio Books,  my first ever novel, the Jack Calder crime thriller, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY

…if I’ve learned anything in this WURLD it is that NUTHIN stands still… and equally so in the field of publishing… the extraordinary journey into self-publishing over the last ten years has been laden with pleasure for this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler… being (relatively) new in the Authorsphere since then, the whims and fickledom of being a writer have thrown many opportunities my way to try some of the ‘new’ stuff… the latest, and certainly not the least of these has been the attraction of Audio Books… I’m led to understand that the market for this particular medium is now well over 2 billion dollars per annum… that’s a lot of book sales, Mabel!… ergo, into the melee I tumbled… first order of priority was to find a suitable narrator… not just emb’dy who does narration, but sumb’dy whose voice and delivery suits the JONGGR I indulge — hard crime, and plenty of action, built around solid characters… I found Master Chris C. Hogan… in blunt honesty, at first hearing in the audition, I was not taken by the voice of ‘my’ characters as exposed by Chris’ s gravelly delivery… and then I realized, I’m the ONLY person who has ever heard these players ‘talk’ in my head… so I listened a bit more, and it grew on me, that his voice was absolutely perfect for the roles… his intonation captures the ‘mood’ and ‘tone’ of the book, and became an integral part of it… see, still learning, I am…  here are the links for the Audio version:

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2kaoOp0

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iFLNbu

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2y7BdiL

Amazon Australia
https://www.amazon.com.au/Violin-Mans-Legacy-Calder-Crime/dp/B077YNY1CD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516983591&sr=8-1&keywords=B077YNY1CD

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